Music Stars Who Recovered From Mediocre Debuts

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  • Mobb Deep, Juvenile Hell, The Infamous
  • Janet Jackson
  • Wale, Attention Deficit, Lady Gaga
  • Cee Lo Green
  • Rihanna, Music of the Sun
  • Fat Joe, Represent
  • Tyga, No Introduction
  • Ace Hood, Gutta
  • The Fugees
  • Fugees, The Fugees, The Score, Blunted on Reality
  • T.I., I'm Serious, Trap Muzik

Wale, Attention Deficit

Though he was signed to Interscope and had a single with Lady Gaga, Wale wasn't able to move many units of his debut (it was submarined, he said, under shipped). He was eventually dropped from the label and instead aligned with Maybach Music Group, where he's reemerged with a new energy and his first No. 1 album, his third, The Gifted.

(Photo: Allido Records and Interscope Records)

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